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WilCo Prosecutors Speak Out Against New Trial For Greg Kelley

Updated: Monday, August 18 2014, 06:26 PM CDT

The Williamson County District Attorney's Office says it's opposed to a new trial for a former Leander High School football player convicted of sexually assaulting a child.

Last week, Greg Kelley's attorney filed an "amended motion for a new trial and request for hearing to prove innocence." In the motion his attorney "respectfully begs this court for a hearing so that Greg Kelley's innocence can be proven."

But on Monday, First Assistant District Attorney Mark Brunner, who tried the case, says there's no reason for a new trial.

"It just doesn't make a lot of sense for me, there's just not a lot of 'new' in the defense's motion for a new trial. It's a lot of the same arguments they tried before to a jury, which failed," says Brunner.

But Kelley's attorney believes there is -- and so do hundreds of Greg Kelley supporters.

They even established a group called "Fight for GK."

The group has their own website and Facebook page with more than 4,000 followers.

Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix has been critical of that support, but in a statement told us: "As far as we're concerned we've moved past Greg Kelly and we're concentrating on active cases."

Keith Hampton, Kelley's attorney, is adamant that an innocent person has been convicted.

"If the prosecution is confident in their case," Hampton says, "they shouldn't oppose a hearing."

But Brunner disagrees and says, "In America, we have a right to a trial but we don't have a right to a particular trial result. You can't keep going until you get what you want."

A judge has until the end of September to decide whether Kelley gets a new trial.

(Photo from the Williamson County Sheriff's Office.)

By Lydia Pantazes

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WilCo Prosecutors Speak Out Against New Trial For Greg Kelley

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